Queenstown CBD Parking

Changes to Parking in Queenstown CBD

A range of parking changes will be implemented from early December 2017 to coincide with the launch of a new and improved public transport system for the Wakatipu, in November.

The changes will happen in two phases. From 5 December, you’ll see an increase in parking fees across the Queenstown CBD. This applies to hourly, daily and weekly rates in all Council-owned carparks.

Phase two will kick in from 31 March 2018 and includes removing daily and weekly parking rates (with a maximum 10-hour stay applying to most carparks) and no more free all day parking in areas like the Queenstown Gardens and One Mile car parks. Parking will also be prohibited on road verges.

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Orbus parking changes.

Orbus, Queenstown’s brand new $2 bus service, hits the road on Monday 20 November 2017.

Camp Street changes

Camp Street Changes

As part of this new service, Camp Street will become a key hub for passengers travelling in and out of the town centre. Three new bus stops are being added to bring the total on Camp Street to four, with new signposts and clear painted road markings. See the above map for specific locations of all four stops.

To keep the service running on time and hassle-free for passengers, these stops will be for Orbus only.

To make room for the bus stops there will be a new loading zone on Athol Street and Rees Street for business deliveries. The Camp Street loading zone by the Post Office will also be extended, as will the taxi stand.

The Loading Zone will revert to being an extension to the Taxi Stand after 6pm each day, until 6am the next day.  Two large Loading Zones on Shotover Street will have their time restrictions changed, allowing their use 24/7.

There are a number of other changes happening to parking and public transport in the Queenstown CBD and these are all explained below.

Searle Lane

The delivery time period on Searle Lane has been changed to 5pm to 10am, which is the same as Beach Street. Searle Lane is a one way route, with the exception of the consented access at the rear of the Night and Day store.

Church Street

The two parking bays closest to Camp Street, consisting of 29 parking spaces have been changed to free thirty minute parking between 8am to 6pm. This has been done to to allow better availability to those wanting to park in the CBD during the evening.

Other parking zones

Road users are reminded of the following parking rules

  • Public Transport stops – painted red and signed Permit Holders Only – no other vehicles are permitted at any time.
  • Loading Zones – these spaces are for vehicles where the user is actively engaged in loading or unloading goods or passengers only.  A maximum time restriction of five minutes applies
  • Taxi stands - for small passenger service vehicles that have a roof sign displaying the word “Taxi” and are available for hire for the carriage of passengers other than on defined routes
  • Bus stops - passenger service vehicles that have more than 9 seating positions (including the driver’s seating position).
  • Public parking   spaces – these can be free, time restricted or charged.  These cannot be used for commercial business operations.
  • No parking areas – indicated through signage or street marking. 


Queenstown Town Centre Transport Strategy


Town Centre Transport Strategy May 2016

As part of the Queenstown Town Centre Transport Strategy QLDC has been making a number of changes to parking in Queenstown’s CBD, aimed at reducing congestion and freeing up parks for locals and visitors alike.

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Signs have been erected indicating a ‘no return within one hour’ restriction across the CBD. This divides the CBD into ten zones and means that drivers will be prohibited from parking within the same zone for one hour after their first parking period has expired.

This change is being made to address the practice of people who swap parks throughout the day, effectively meaning that they park in the CBD all day in parks designated for short term parking. Council is aware some people need to come into town on multiple occasions throughout the day, and this is why the exclusion period has been set at one hour.

CBD ParkingChanges


All loading zones are being changed to dual purpose Loading Zone/Taxi Stands. The signage will be changed from blue to red so drivers, particularly visitors, don’t mistake them for short term parking.

Loading zone taxi stand sign

loading zone taxi stand map


Buses parking in lower Beach St and beyond Steamer Wharf on Lake Esplanade will be allowed a longer stay of 60 minutes between 6pm and 10pm, with a 15 minute restriction during the day. Parking for smaller buses will now be allowed in lower Beach St in what was a Loading Zone beside Earnslaw Park. Like the loading zones around the Town Centre, these locations will be designated as No Parking except for these buses.

beach street Steamer wharf


Further to these changes, over the next month or so, 33 spaces are to be provided for campervans at the Boundary Street car park along with road signage. It is hoped that this, along with increased road signage will reduce the number of campervans taking up space in the CBD.

Boundary St map

QLDC is also freeing up 60 car parks in its underground Church Street carpark by shifting leased parks to the privately owned Man Street carpark on October 7th, and making those spaces available to the public.

A new winter 15 minute parking restriction is being trialed in the CBD between the hours of 3 – 6pm to help ensure there are parks free for people picking up and dropping off their ski gear at the end of the day. This will revert back to the current 30 minute parking by 31 October.